The purpose of Horta Social Urbana is to use urban agriculture and the production of organic food to promote the social development of homeless people.
Workshops are based on humanist psychology and include socio-educational training according to permaculture and agroecology principles. Horta Social Urbana also offers entrepreneurism and financial education workshops; students are chosen via a selection process conducted at the City of São Paulo’s Homeless Shelters.
Horta Social Urbana is headquartered at EXPO SÃO PAULO, in the district of Jabaquara, in the south of São Paulo. The area is known both for its high levels of child malnutrition, and for being a food desert.
The initiative is fully performed by ARCAH, without any costs for the local government, and is currently funded by several sponsors, such as Fundação Banco do Brasil, Itaú, Eletropaulo and Pão de Açúcar, via Instituto GPA, among others.